After losing to Booneville in tournament play on Saturday in an 8-0 shutout, the Lady Eagles had to turn around for a double header on the road against the Lady Bearcats.
In the first game, pitching was masterful for both teams, with a total of only three combined hits. However, as has been the issue in most losses, defensive errors kept the Lady Eagles from the win column. Booneville scored two unearned runs, and Paris mustered only one hit, a single coming off the bat of Morgan Johnson.
Sydney Ward pitched a complete game, with an outstanding low pitch count and efficiency, throwing 38 of her 47 pitches for strikes. She would turn around and take the mound for game two, and the Lady Eagles would give her an early lead when Macey Hurt singled in Lexi Lee.
After giving the lead back, the Lady Eagles got a clutch hit from Lexi Lee, as she tripled in two runs, again putting Paris on top. Paris would score two more in the inning, as Sydney Ward doubled in Lee, and Macey Hurt reached on an error, allowing Ward to score.
With a 5-2 lead, the game would be in Ward’s hand, and she would not disappoint. She pitched strong, holding off a late charge from Booneville for the 5-4 win.
The double header was a sharp contrast to the lopsided loss days earlier. The Lady eagles then turned back toward home, where they would host Ozark on Friday.
The Lady Eagles have only had the home dirt on their uniforms one other time this season, a 9-1 win over Waldron.
Ozark would prove a much stronger opponent. A month ago, the Lady Eagles dropped a close 10-9 game at Ozark, but the bats were not as hot and Ozark found the gaps for some timely hits.
The Lady Eagles would rally late, but in the end, they would fall to Ozark 7-5. The loss leaves Paris at 2-9 on the season, with most games close, but falling short, often to defensive inefficiency.
The Lady Eagles will play at Lamar on Thursday and then travel to Waldron on Friday as they continue keeping the roads warm with a road heavy schedule.